Keefe Hemel Dominates URSS at Rooks County Speedway
The United Rebel Sprint Series made their debut at the historic Rooks County Speedway Friday night and set the ½ mile oval a fire as the track came to life once again with winged Sprint Cars. Eleven teams made the trek to the paper clipped shaped oval, long straightaways and tight corners made for some set-up wizardry. Cimarron Kansas driver Keefe Hemel scored his first win of the 2016 season in convincing fashion mastering the tricky monster half mile.
Timken Kansas’s Craig Jecha brought the field to the green flag with Hemel bolting to the lead from his outside pole position with the ”Hill City Hot Shoe” Jeff Radcliffe grabbing the runner up spot with John Webster, Darren Berry and Brian Herbert rounding out the top five at the end of lap one. Soon Herbert would close the gap between himself and Berry to take over the fourth spot.
Radcliffe would pressure Hemel lap after lap for the first half of the race as they would race side by side down the back straight for many laps.
Kansas point leader Luke Cranston started his run towards the front from his eighth starting spot with second place points Zach Blurton in his tire tracks. The pair locked in a tight point battle in both the Kansas Region and National points as Cranston holds the top spot in both with Blurton holding down the runner up spot. The two drivers were locked in a three way battle for the fifth, sixth and seventh positions with Berry most of the twenty lap feature as the trio worked their way around the oval swapping spots gaining ground only to lose it a lap later. click here for more
JD Johnson Scores Back to Back URSS Wins at the
The "Month of Money" officially came to an end as sixteen teams checked into the Historic Belleville Highbanks for the $2,000 to win 4th Annual URSS Belleville Nationals. It was the eighth stop of the 2016 Myers Racing Engines National Points Championship Series. Wichita Kansas driver JD Johnson wired the field to take his second Belleville Nationals Crown in as many years in front of a packed house.
JD Johnson and Jeff Radcliffe led the field to the green flag with Johnson bolting to the point position but before the first lap could be completed a flipping Ken Lutters would bring out the red flag and stop the field.
On the restart once again Johnson jumped to the lead with fifth place starter Ty Williams rocketing to the runner-up position with Steven Richardson, Luke Cranston and Radcliffe rounding out the top five at the end of lap one. Lincoln Nebraska racer Stu Snyder soon was in the tire tracks of Radcliffe and grabbed the fifth spot away on lap two. Click here for more
Steven Richardson Victorious at URSS Bullring Nationals
The United Rebel Sprint Series invaded the ¼ mile oval at the Rush County Fairgrounds for the seventh stop on the 2016 Myers Racing Engines National Points Championship. Richardson wired the field from the pole position to pick up his second win of the 2016 URSS Season in the thirty lap feature.
Steven Richardson lead the field to the green and jumped out to the point with outside pole-sitter Koby Walters, Jake Bubak, Darren Berry and Brian Herbert rounding out the top five at the end of lap one. Luke Cranston and JD Johnson both were on Herbert’s tail tank and slipped by Herbert to take over fifth and sixth. Cranston soon made quick work of Darren Berry taking the fourth spot on five. The caution waved on lap six as Craig Jecha looped his mount in turn three to slow the field.
On the restart, Richardson once again jumped out to the lead with Koby Walters in hot pursuit. Lap nine saw Cranston close up on the bumper of Bubak with Cranston taking away the third spot. Behind the leaders Jeremy Huish had starting making his way to the front coming from his 15th starting spot to claim the tenth spot by ten. click here for more
Zach Blurton Claims Convincing URSS Win
At 1st Annual Ernie DeCroce Memorial
Twenty four teams from Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado made the trek to the Colorado Motor Sports Park for the 1st Annual Ernie DeCroce Memorial. It was the only Colorado Region stop on the 2016 Myers Racing Engines URSS National points’ schedule. The Rebels did not disappoint the gathered crowd as they were treated to some competitive racing when the checkered flag fell it was Quinter Kansas’s Zach Blurton picking up his second National Point win of the 2016 campaign.
Greeley Colorado’s Austin Mclean led the field to the green flag and quickly jumped out to the lead with Jed Werner, Chris Schramek, Justin Medlock and Zach Blurton rounding out the top five at the end of lap one. Blurton soon was one the trail of Schramek and Medlock and used the high side to rocket up to the third spot on lap three.
Back in the pack, Plains Kansas‘s Luke Cranston had started his run through the field and made his way up to the nerf bar of sixth running Patrick Bourke by lap three and starting looking for his way around Gypsum Colorado driver. Cranston made the pass stick on lap six and set his sights on fifth place Medlock. Lap seven saw the first caution flag wave as Tara Jo Christie came to a stop in turn three.
Brian Herbert Sweeps the URSS “Wheatshocker Nationals”
The Eighth Annual Wheatshocker Nationals Championship night was a race to remember as the Rebels put on a show showcasing the best of young guns and cagey veterans. The thirty lap Feature had a little of everything in it for the fans of all ages. But when the checkered flag fell it was one of the original Rebels who would lay claim to the title, one that Brian Herbert wanted to win for a long time.
Koby Walters led the field to the green and jumped out to the early lead with Jed Werner, Keefe Hemel, Brian Herbert and outside pole sitter Lance Davis rounding out the top five after lap one. Werner made quick work of Walters to take the point on lap two as the young guns were pacing the field. Lap three saw the red flag fly as Taylor Velasquez took a ride in turn four after contact with another car. Velasquez was done for the night but uninjured in the flip.
On the restart Werner once again jumped out to the lead with Walters in tow but behind them three of the URSS’s veterans were on a mission to run down the pair. Keefe Hemel held down the third spot with Herbert and Luke Cranston who had made his way up to the fifth slot from his eighth starting position by lap five. Herbert set his sights on Hemel as the duo would battle for several laps before Herbert took the spot on lap number eleven. Herbert started to reel in Walters gaining ground each lap finally taking the runner up spot away on lap nineteen.
Up front Werner still held the point with Herbert looking to cut into the leader’s advantage. Slowly but surely Herbert worked lapped traffic to position himself to make a run at Werner. Lap twenty-six saw the caution flag wave once again as John Carney’s mount came to a stop in turn two. This set up a four lap shootout for the crown.
Brian Herbert Takes “URSS Wheatshocker Nationals” Preliminary Night Win
The Eighth Annual Wheatshocker Nationals kicked the 2016 Ellis County Fair with 25 teams checking into the gate to do battle at Rolling Plains Motor Speedway. The two night show draws drivers from Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas. It was Dodge City’s “Flyin” Brian Herbert grabbing the Preliminary night victory to lock himself into the $2,000.00 to win show.
Koby Walters led the field to the green flag and grabbed the point with Brian Herbert, John Webster, John Carney and Austin Mclean rounding out the top five at the end of lap one. Carney immediately starting working on the third spot moving up to challenge Webster for the position. Three laps into the race Carney had made to the third spot from his eighth place starting spot. Carney soon was in the tire tracks of runner-up Brian Herbert wasting no time grabbing the position on lap four. The caution flag flew for the first time slowing the field and putting Carney on the leader’s tail tank.
On the restart, Carney used the high side to make his way by Koby Walters for the lead taking over the spot on lap five. Behind the leader, Walters, Herbert, Werner and Blurton comprised the top five after lap six. Back in the pack, Lance Davis started his run to the front coming from his twentieth starting spot making his way up to the twelfth spot by lap number eight. Davis then caught tenth place Austin Mclean and the pair raced side by side for several laps.
Jake Bubak Wins URSS Round At Dawson County Speedway
The United Rebel Sprint Series made its way to the Dawson County Fairgrounds Sunday night to complete its two day Nebraska swing with a visit to the Lexington Speedway. Always a drivers favorite track, twenty-one teams made their way through the pit gates to vie for the win. Three time National Champion Jake Bubak made the trek to Lexington and picked up his first URSS win of the 2016 season.
Darren Berry paced the field to the green flag with third place starter “Flyin’ Brian Herbert” taking the lead down the backstretch with Berry, Bubak, Werner and Huish rounding out the top five at the end of lap one. Lap three saw Plains Kansas’s Luke Cranston move up to the sixth position and on the tail tank of Tyler Drueke. Cranston made the pass for the fifth spot on lap five.
Up front Herbert was still showing the way with Bubak drawing closer each lap. Lap seven saw Bubak get around taking away the top spot pushing Herbert back to the runner-up spot. Lap eight saw the caution wave as Howard VanDyke slowed bunching up the field. On the restart Bubak once again bolted to the lead with Cranston sliding his way into second with Herbert, Werner and Huish in the top five. click for the rest of the story
Zach Blurton Wires URSS Field at Lincoln County Speedway
The United Rebel Sprint Series made their way back to the Lincoln County Speedway in North Platte Nebraska Saturday for the third race in the 2016 Myers Racing Engines National Championship. Thirty one teams From Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming made the trek to the 3/8’s mile oval to do battle for the win. Originally scheduled as a Regional event, North Platte racer John Webster worked tirelessly to gain Sponsors for the date and it was added to the National Points chase through his efforts.
Plainville Kansas’s Jed Werner brought the field to the green flag but it was McCook Nebraska’s Darren Beery who took the point with Zach Blurton, Werner, Luke Cranston and Zac Taylor rounding out the top five after the first circuit. Blurton wasted no time making his way around Berry to take over the lead on lap two. Taylor took away the third spot from Cranston on the third circuit. Lap six saw the caution come out for the first time as Steven Richardson came to stop.
On the restart Blurton once again bolted to the lead with Berry in the runner up spot. Further back in the field twentieth starter Austin Mclean started his run to the front. The 2015 URSS National Rookie of the year had picked up five positions in the first six circuits and was looking for more. John Webster who had started twenty first was in Mclean’s tire tracks and challenging Brian Herbert for the spot. Mclean continued his mark making his way to the twelfth spot by lap twenty.
$100,000 up for grabs for URSS during “Month of Money”
Through the month of July and the first week of August the United Rebel Sprint Series/IMCA Racesaver will compete for an estimated $100,000 in total purse money during a 13 race stretch that begins July 1st in Dodge City, KS and ends Aug 6th at the famed Belleville Highbanks in Belleville, KS. This will be the largest combined payout for the “Month of Money” in the 11 year history of the URSS. This will also be the start of the 13 race URSS National championship battle, all of which pay a minimum $1000 to win and $200 to start. These races will also award IMCA state and National points.
“I am excited to be able to bring this month of high paying races to our drivers and invite drivers from other organizations to also come run with us. 305 sprint cars have come a long way and people would have laughed at me several years ago if I had told them 305 sprints would be running for these kind of payouts. But here it is… and I feel it will only get better as it continues to grow” said URSS founder and promoter Rick Salem.
Saturday July 9th will begin the only Rebel races in the state of Nebraska as they invade Lincoln Co. Speedway in North Platte, NE. This race will pay $1500 to win and will also award National URSS points. The following day they will travel down I-80 to Lexington Speedway in Lexington Ne for a regional $500 to win show. Look for many of the Nebraska Sprint Series drivers to compete on this weekend along with the URSS regulars as it will also award Nebraska IMCA points.
The weekend of July 15th through the 17th is one of the biggest weekends on the calendar as the Rebels will first hit the track Friday night for the first of two scheduled National shows at the famed Wakeeney Speedway. This race will pay $1000 to win, with a starting pay of $200. From there the race teams will travel 30 miles down the highway to RPM Speedway in Hays, KS. for the 8th Annual Wheatshocker Nationals two day event, July 16th and 17th. This has always been one of the biggest weekends on the URSS Schedule for many years. Saturday’s qualifying program will pay the winner $500, leading up to Sunday’s Championship race paying $2000 to win and $200 to start. Also for the third year there will be a “Custom” Ozark Mountain pellet grill given away to the high point driver of the three day weekend, presented by Lance Pittman of S&W Supply/Federated Auto parts out of Hays, KS.
Sunday July 24th will be a Kansas regional race, paying $500 to win, at the Historic Wakeeney Speedway. John Lashelle and his crew have furnished an excellent track with multiple grooves this year and drivers always look forward to running there.
The following weekend on Saturday night, July 30th, the Rebels will head to the great state of Colorado for the only scheduled National race at the new Colorado Motor Sports Park in Byers CO. Athough CMSP has 8 URSS West races on their 2016 schedule this will be the only $1000 to win and $200 to start National points paying race of the season.
The “Month of Money” will end Friday and Saturday August 5th and 6th as the traveling group will start the weekend off Friday night in Lacrosse, Ks at Rush Co. Fairgrounds for the 10th Annual “Bullring Nationals”. This race paying $1000 to win has always been one of the drivers and fans favorite races of the year. Being the smallest track the Rebels run on it always provides some of the most exciting 2 and 3 wide racing of the year. From the smallest track to the largest and fasted track on the schedule, the Rebels will then travel to Belleville KS on Saturday to end the run at the Famed Belleville Highbanks for the Belleville Nationals. This race run with the Midget Nationals will pay $2000 to the winner with a minimum of $300 to start the A main and will complete a little over a month of some of the biggest paying races in 305 sprint car history.
Motels for Hays Weekend
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